Ajax defender Matthijs De Ligt has asked to leave the Eredivisie giants with numerous clubs, such as Manchester City, hoping to pursue a move for the player in the coming weeks.

Dutch publication, De Telegraaf, report the defender has asked to leave Ajax this summer and teamed up with super-agent, Mino Raiola, in the hope of achieving a permanent transfer abroad.

City are ‘one of four clubs’ hoping to convince de Ligt to join them this summer with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, Spanish giants Barcelona and City’s Premier League rivals Tottenham all competing for his signature, according to the report.

Ajax directors Edwin Van Der Sar and Marc Overmars must now decide whether to hold the 18-year-old against his will or allow the four clubs to attempt to outbid each other to sign the future star of Dutch football.

Reports in England back up the claims in Holland that City are actively pursuing a move for the central-defender who has become a regular starter for the Dutch national team despite his teenage years.

Should de Ligt join City, he would face competition within the squad from John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi, Vincent Kompany and club-record signing Aymeric Laporte.

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